GdG-KMSfB at a Glance
The Union of Municipal Employees - Arts, Media, Sports and the Professions (Gewerkschaft der Gemeindebediensteten - Kunst, Medien, Sport, freie Berufe; GdG-KMSfB) represents the interest of more than 156,000 members from over 280 different occupational groups and working in about 2,400 Austrian municipalities and companies.
GdG-KMSfB unites under its umbrella municipal employees working predominantly in health care, transport, utilities (electricity, gas, water, waste, etc.), education, social services, undertaking and public administration at municipal level, as well as individuals working in a creative capacity in the artistic, journalistic, broadcasting, technological, commercial, administrative and educational fields, whether employed or self-employed, in the sectors of arts, media, education and sports; as well as individuals training in any of these professions, youths employed as trainees by a municipality and retired members.
In addition to dealing with economic, tax, labour and social issues, the GdG-KMSfB also takes the lead in issues of culture, media and sports policies.
The GdG-KMSfB fights for fair working hours, fair pay and better working conditions.
We strive for the rights of women and for equal job opportunities. It must be possible to reconcile job and family.
We support all individuals who are in job training, regardless of their age, in their struggle to obtain better training and a future offering them opportunities.
We take care that the workers rights are protected and that the statutory health and safety regulations are complied with.
We advise on all issues of employment, work, pay and pensions and we offer competent legal counsel.
We advocate a just old-age pension system. We negotiate wages and salaries with the government and employers. We also act as contact for private companies in the sectors of our remit.
Chief responsibilities of the GdG-KMSfB
- Annual negotiations for salaries, wages and collective bargaining agreements (about 60 collective bargaining agreements).
- Creation of new jobs, safeguarding existing jobs and fair distribution of work.
- Contribution to improving laws governing employment, labour, pay and retirement, and to economic and social policy reforms.
- Negotiation of internal agreements and assistance to our members in employment disputes.
- Exercise of the codetermination rights at the employer.
- Representation of interests at the European legislature.
- We are active not just at the workplace level, but we work towards social and community policy improvements in Austria and the European Union.
- It is especially in sectors where freelance work is prevailing and no collective bargaining agreements have been made that the union is repeatedly faced with special challenges.